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Random, Non-Promoted Galaxy S5 Feature: Baby Crying Monitor

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If you could name one game-changing feature that Samsung failed to show during its unveiling of the Galaxy S5, what would it be? Maybe, QHD display? Or innovative, all-metal design? Or baby monitor? OK, so no one was hoping that the GS5 could double as a baby monitor, but apparently it does just that. 

Tucked inside the Accessibility menu of the phone, there is an option with a box that reads “Baby crying monitor.” The feature, at least according to the screenshots included in this post, will detect if your baby is crying and then alert you with a vibration through what we can only assume is a Gear smartwatch. I would also assume that there is some sort of companion app that can be installed on the watch that communicates with the phone, though I can’t confirm that until I get a unit in-hand, full time.

The “Baby crying monitor” is as you can imagine, filled with warnings, like this is not to be used “as a medical device or substitute f0r human caregiving.” Samsung also notes that it won’t be held responsible should you suffer “consequential loss” while using your Galaxy S5 as a baby monitor.

As long as you place the phone within 1m of the baby and have no background noise, it could be an option should you need a baby monitor in a pinch. Maybe?

Anyone willing to give it a try with their new phone (once it launches April 11)?

Via:  GSMArena
  • Chuggowitz

    I’ll fly down and make baby noises to test it out. My baby-in-a-dufflebag noise is convincing….!

  • EGilk

    If your phone (and you) are within 1m of a crying baby, how does a vibrating alert help?

    • Michael Deprato

      Works with smart watch, so that would tell you

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    id never trust my baby’s well being with the shotty bluetooth connection from a silly smat watch to my phone…

  • Droidzilla

    You all are missing the point. Babies are notorious for not noticing their surroundings, and that’s where this comes in. So, let’s say you and your spouse go out to a movie and, like good parents, leave one phone at home by the baby in case they need you. But the baby, not having the best decision making skills, forgets about it and starts crying when he or she needs something. Of course the baby doesn’t notice the phone; way too fixated on wanting food or love or something. So this phone will start to vibrate and get the baby’s attention. Then baby will remember that its parents are at a movie and give you a text (or call, if it’s an emergency). You’ll now know that your baby will need a diaper change when you get home, and your baby has been soothed by your loving attention of texting back, “lol, at teh movies … new Vin Deisel flick is sick!!!”

    Samsung is brilliant!

  • Ralph Bretz

    Another useless feature from Samsung.

  • john

    Oh my goodness Samsung, what else? you’re shoe lace is untied detector? or you’re about to be hungry detector? lol. I love Samsung but sometimes instead of giving us useless options that causes and update to a glitch how about working on getting 4.4 to us 4.3 users.

  • Chris

    you are gonna need it….

    just look at the flowers…..

  • JC Vasquez

    That’s a stupid idea, Samsung should concentrate on building a better phone, with a metal body and a bigger battery at least 3200

  • creed

    My wife and I used our phones in a pinch as a baby monitor. I’d have her phone call me, put it by our daughter, put my phone on speaker and mute. Worked well.

  • feztheforeigner

    Does it really say “f0r”? That’s some crazy typo lol

  • jb

    I’d rather leave the watch by the crib and have the use of my phone.

    • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

      watch would die in 4 minutes if it was “actively listening”

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I love how it gives us advice such as “Never leave your baby home alone”

    • NexusMan

      They have to, because if they didn’t, some idiot would file a lawsuit.

    • Chris

      just never leave it alone with lizzie….

  • AndySamberg

    Ears are free and monitor that baby just fine.

    • NexusMan

      Not if you’re hearing impaired. That’s why it’s under the Accessibility menu.

      • LionStone

        If I was hearing impaired I wouldn’t rely on ‘sound’ monitors…I would use a video cam ‘with’ sound.

        • NexusMan

          I take it, you missed the part about Samsung including a lengthy disclaimer telling you to not “rely” on it.

          • LionStone

            You can assume I did… I replied to your comment ”hearing impaired”…not Sammy’s disclaimer.

          • NexusMan

            My comment, that was regarding a post that spoke of Samsung’s disclaimer. My comment, which like Sammy’s disclaimer, made no mention on “relying,” on it.

          • LionStone

            You fail to understand…again, I commented on your suggested ‘hearing impaired’ comment, when Andy said ears are fine, having NO concern of the perceived reliability you choose to focus on. You suggested this may be for someone thats hearing impaired, I’m not so sure. Let me re-phrase, If I was ‘hearing impaired’, I would use a video cam w sound to eliminate the need to have to HEAR as my primary alert, visual would be my primary and hearing would be secondary.

          • NexusMan

            I understand completely what you said then and what you are saying now. The problem is, they are 2 different things. The 1st time you spoke of how you would not “rely” on it, and I understand that you would use a video cam as that is a good option. However, the Baby Monitor is not a “sound monitor” that you need to “HEAR as your primary alert,” as it works in conjunction with the Gear, and vibrates to alert you.

  • Jason Strudwick

    There are plenty of apps in various android markets that have been doing this for a while now, I dont think its really a must have but useful for the hearing impaired. I believe android should give us the option to remove built in apps without rooting.

  • Daistaar

    If you can’t hear your baby crying within a meter of you (but can somehow notice your phone vibrating), you have other problems…

    • NexusMan

      You don’t notice your phone vibrating. You feel your Gear vibrating. It works in conjunction with the Gear watch.

  • flosserelli

    And people wonder why Touchwiz takes up half of their phone’s total storage space…

  • jnt

    I could see this being handy in a pinch with a pretty young baby. Necessary? No. But there have been a couple of times over the years when we’ve traveled that I wish we would’ve had something like this.

  • Scott Martin

    so you have to leave the phone with the baby. then when the baby cries, the phone vibrates. and you’re going to notice the vibration over the baby crying if you’re in a different room? not really sure the point here….

    • NexusMan

      It works in conjunction with the Gear watch.

  • Arnold

    Or you can just buy Dormi, which uses ANY Android device, and works extremely well. No need for the Galaxy Gear nonsense.

    Yet another useless Samsung “feature”.

    • NexusMan

      Well, if you already bought the G5, why would you want to buy something else?

  • Miguel Angel Portela

    If nothing more, and really, I mean nothing more – at least Samsung is taking chances by just throwing features all over the place and seeing what sticks. I mean I love Kit Kat and vanilla Android but it’s cool to see what features could be a “thing”. I recently bought a Japanese flip phone that is over 7 years old from Sharp and the features on it were ridiculous. Among the many features was an answering machine service that, instead of sending a missed call to voicemail, the phone would answer itself on mute and the caller would leave a message that could be retrieved in the Memo app. That’s innovation if there ever was one.

    • hkklife

      Samsung DOES make a line of pretty decent (as far as these things go) standalone baby monitors, competing right up there with Summer, Philips and some rebadged Motorolas. So I could see an eventual “Allshare Baby”” package where Samsung promotes their tablet and smartphone connectivity to work as remote monitors. IMO, that makes a lot more sense than leaving your phone propped on the side of a crib.

  • Ray

    Anyone looking for a baby monitoring app try dormi I use it with my old nexus 7 .

  • Kyle

    Only possible use case that as a parent I might see it being used: On vacation and didn’t bring the $19 monitor from home.

    • jnt

      I think that’s the intended scenario.

    • NexusMan

      Or, if the parent is hearing impaired.

  • The Narrator

    what do we want!? moar useless bloat! /s

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      I could deal with bloat as long as it’s on a separate partition. I’m hoping some class action lawsuit could force companies to make a separate storage space where the system lives and we actually have the stated GB of free space. Because really, that’s just nonsense.

  • T4rd

    Doesn’t make sense… why would you want to leave your phone with your baby (rendering it useless for any other tasks and potentially disturbing the baby)..?

    • sciwizam

      Everyone’s missing the context: It’s under “Accessibility Settings”, probably for hearing impaired parents.

      • redbar0n11

        So is the service for Light Flow… and that isn’t for visually impaired people.

        • NexusMan

          You’re right. It’s ALSO for hearing impaired people.

          • redbar0n11

            Light Flow is for people with no LED Notification light on their phone – or whom wish to improve their notifications. Light Flow doesn’t help hearing impaired people any more than the standard LED (or on-screen) notification would already do. Light Flow doesn’t reach out and punch the deaf person when they have a text message. Point being, apps that aren’t necessarily SPECIFICALLY designed to be used by impaired people, can also use the “Accessibility Settings” area, too.

          • NexusMan

            No one ever said Light Flow or anything else is SOLELY or in your words, “specifically,” designed for impaired people, but it IS of great use to the impaired, just as Samsung’s app could be of use. Having said that, you’re point is incorrect. And your thinking is narrow minded. Of course Light Flow helps hearing impaired people. It provides a VISUAL notification for those who have difficulty hearing an audio notification. Furthermore, it even provides various color and speed combinations, that can alert the hearing impaired of exactly what type of notification they are receiving. It also provides custom vibration patterns and reminder frequency/duration, and even pushes notifications to your smartwatch. The standard LED without an app like Light Flow, does NOT do that. Nor does an “onscreen notification” help a hearing impaired person from across the room. You’re comment about the app “reaching out and punching the deaf person” is just plain ignorant. And fyi, here’s the 2nd review in the Play Store for the Light Flow app: “Awesome program! Galaxy Note 3 Being hearing-impaired this app has been a godsend. The Note 3’s notification system is severely lacking with vibrations (that not even Samsung tech support could resolve) and weak LED notifications. Lightflow takes care of that 100%. I also did try other notification apps, but Lightflow is by far the best! After trying the free version I went to the paid version; I believe his hard work developing this app should be rewarded. 6 ****** stars!!!”

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Agreed, it should be the other way around. Leave your Gear in the baby’s room and get a notification on your phone.

      • NexusMan

        Now, THAT doesn’t make sense.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Why not? I find being with my phone to be much more useful than being with my watch.

      • Eskimo128

        Bingo! Glad I’m not the only one who thinks so.

    • NexusMan

      Because if you can’t be standing over your baby, clearly you’re doing something more important than needing to use your phone. And if you do need to interact with the phone in any capacity, that’s where the Gear watch comes into play. When using this mode, I think it’s safe to assume that all potential “disturbances” to the baby wlll come through the watch, not the phone.

    • Weber

      Most people are buying phones for their babies anyway. The babies have to update their FB status somehow.

    • Eskimo128

      Agreed.. We’re DINK’s, but of course everyone around us are popping out these tax write-offs like crazy, and one thing is consistent- When the baby goes “down” for a nap, Mom/Dad get as FAR away as possible, and use that time to catch up on other things… like facebook, twitter, instagram, etc… Oh, wait, you just left your $700 phone sitting next to the baby. Hope ya have a tablet, too!

  • Jayson

    Maybe if I bought a Galaxy Gear or an S5.

    • Ray

      actually you would need both

  • Eric Kyle

    I’ll try it, for sure. I just need an S5….and a baby..

    • The Narrator

      Say no to both, life will be better.

    • Ray

      Yep no to both buy a expensive car and call it your “baby”

    • Weber

      I know a good baby emporium. Babies for days on the cheap.

      • Pete

        Buy an S5 (audi) and call it your baby!!!!

      • michael hill

        Lmmfao that was funny!

    • simpleas

      I think the S5 crying baby detector just got triggered by iPhone users.